Jason Helms Band
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Born in rural southwestern Arkansas, Jason was blessed with a musical upbringing: being the only son of a single mother who herself has been the member various vocal groups, and who played guitar. In those formative years she taught him to sing harmony and spend countless evenings playing along to various artists – everything from Willie Nelson and Alabama to Led Zeppelin and Carly Simon. After playing in various hard rock bands throughout high school, Jason joined his first Texas Country band, Greg Gardner and Voodoo Cowboy, filling the vacant position of the bass guitarist. It was in this band that Jason had his epiphany. Several months into playing with GGVC they got an opportunity to play several shows opening for Jack Ingram. The first night as Jason watched Jack peel through “Mustang Burn” his live was changed, a light bulb switched on, and creation began. Although he has always been a songwriter, suddenly his song had changed. That moment laid the groundwork for what would eventually become Jason Helms Band. Fast forward to 2008 – Jason and his JHB band mates began making waves quickly, being asked to fly to the northern reaches of the United States to Sandpoing, Idaho to play at a music festival which featured such varied and seminal acts as Brett Dennon, Smokey Robinson, Ziggy Marley, Pure Prairie League, Marshall Tucker Band, Bomshel, Wynonna Judd & more. By 2010 Jason was ready to release his first full-length album. Titled “Redemption” this collection of songs was the heartfelt autobiography of a man who has been to hell, fought his personal demons and had come out the other side a better man. Tales of love and loss, of loneliness and family, and the need to search for something more – something a little more Heavenly. Upon the completion of this self-produced effort (featuring Jason’s own band, not studio musicians) doors began to open everywhere. Since its release they have shared stages with the likes of Randy Rogers, Stoney LaRue, Reckelss Kelly, Bruce Robinson, Kyle Bennet, Brandon Jenkins, Tracy Byrd, Lee Ann Womack, Rich O’Toole, Tracy Lawrence, Mickey and the Motorcars, Johnny Cooper, Justin Moore, David Nail, Joe Nichols, Cold Ford and more. The biggest compliment though was in January of 2011 – the chance to meet and perform with one of the most respected and enigmatic figures in all of country music – Merle Haggard. Also in 2011 Jason’s music got the attention fo MTV’s partner project, Outstage.com. Jason’s music won a total of 11 awards that year including winning top honors in the Country Singer-Songwriter, and Alternative Country categories for his songs “My Kind Of Woman”, “Headed Home”, and the heartfelt tale of a man searching for his soul, “Los Angeles”. He was also landed by Ourstage magazine as “Country Artist to Watch in 2012”. 2012 saw the release of Jason’s first single to the Texas charts, “Where You Wanna Go” and he has been going strong ever since. In 2013 the band was awarded Best Live Band by The Academy of Texas Music Inc., Country Band of The Year and Male Vocalist of The Year by the East Texas Music Awards. 2014 saw multiple nominations come for the band from The Academy of Texas Music, Inc., Texas Regional Radio Music Association and numerous other music outlets. With the addition of Wes Jeans to the band there will be no way to stop them now.